from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel

Erin M. Bertram




The following sources were consulted during the writing of this piece, including the letter, quoted verbatim, that opens it:

Auguste Rodin. Rainer Maria Rilke. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006.
Camille Claudel. Film. Bruno Nuytten. 1988.
Camille Claudel. National Museum of Women in the Arts. Website. 2011.
Camille Claudel: A Life. Odile Ayral-Clause. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter. Detroit Institute of Art. Website. 9 Oct 2005-5 Feb 2006.
Camille Claudel at the Musée D’Orsay. Mary Ann Sullivan. Paris, France. Bluffton University. Website. 2007.
“Journal, Day Three: Poetry and Painting.” Kazim Ali. Poetry Foundation. Website. 5 Apr 2006.
“Myths of Creation: Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin.” Anne Higonnet. Significant Others: Creativity & Intimate Partnership. Eds. Chadwick Whitney & Isabelle de
Courtivron. London: Thames & Hudson, 1993.

New Oxford American Dictionary. 2nd ed. Ed. Erin McKean. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Orsay Sculpture. Anne Pingeot. Paris: Éditions Scala, 2003.
Rodin: Eros & Creativity. Eds. Rainer Crone & Siegfried Salzmann. New York: Prestel, 1992.
Rodin: Le Musée et Ses Collections. Jacques Vilain. Paris: Éditions Scala, 1996.
“The Rodin Museum.” The Rodin Museum. Pamphlet. Paris, 2004.
Rodin: Sculptures et Dessins. Gilles Néret. Köln: Taschen, 2003.
“Room 6: Camille Claudel (1864-1943).” The Rodin Museum. Pamphlet. Paris, n.d.


Erin M. Bertram is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Memento Mori, and her work has appeared in Handsome, So to Speak, Fourteen Hills, and Diagram as a finalist in their 2013 Essay Contest. She’s working on a PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and also interns at Outlinc, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.